Did you miss the April 20th event? A quick summary of the fun and the madness:

Let’s be frank. When it comes to goth and crime and forensics, I’m always ready to talk. This time, however, I teamed up with the Brooklyn-based folk-noir duo Charming Disaster for a unique evening of music and forensic science history at the Euclid Tavern. Given the subject of the lecture, it made perfect sense that Charming Disaster would also be on the bill. The band’s songs address themes like love, death, crime, ancient mythology and the occult. The band cites the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir fiction of Raymond Chandler, American murder ballads and the “dramatic flair” of the cabaret as inspirations. Its paranormal love song, “Ghost Story,” was even featured on podcast “Welcome to Night Vale.”  And speaking of ghost stories…I told one. That isn’t’ even the fun part. I TOLD a ghost story (about the ballad of Ginger Jake) and had audience members MIME the action. We had Stanley, the crooked pharmacist who spiked his prohibition cocktails with a paralytic, we had Ned and Ed, the policemen on his tale, and we had The Salesman from Someplace Hotter than Georgia. Filming alone could not have done justice to the way these intrepid audience members stole the show. A great set of music, a  “guess the murderer” game, and a Tarot card reading. You want your science history with a side of weird? We certainly had your hook up. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll do it again next year…

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